Life is Tweet! – DCWV Challenge

Hello all! I ran across a challenge at Northridge Publishing’s Create Blog. The challenge is to create any project using your favorite Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) paper stack. Six lucky crafters will win 12 new stacks of DCWV patterned paper (one for each month of the year!) I would be so excited to win since I love paper and I love DCWV! I thought the challenge was worth a try (you’ll never know unless you try, right?) so I made this “Life is Tweet” card featuring DCWV’s Linen Closet paper and cuts from Cricut’s Four Legged Friends (FLF) cartridge.

The entire card is made of Linen Closet paper and I used two sizes of stacks – some sheets from a 12×12 pad and some sheets from a 4.5 x 6.5 mat stack. The smaller mat stack has the same designs but they are printed smaller so you can layer against the larger prints of the 12×12. I like mixing the two sizes together for dimension.

Cricut Cartridges and Sizes of Cuts:

  • Bird (4 1/4 inches) – Four Legged Friends
  • Cage (3 inches) – Four Legged Friends
  • Scalloped Mat Layer (5 inches) – Just Because Cards
  • Scalloped Card Base with tan trim (7 inches) – Just Because Cards (this makes the perfect 5×7 card)
  • Life is Tweet (1 3/4 inches) – Straight from the Nest

Other Supplies:

Tan Hemp Cord – tied a double bow through the holes cut in the edges of the scalloped mat

Pearl Embellishment

Googly Eyes

Glossy Accents – for the bird’s cheeks

Stampabilities Brown Ink – to distress the cage

Foam Adhesive Squares – to pop up the bird and cage for dimension

Zig 2-Way Glue Pen – to apply adhesive on those tiny cuts

Elmer’s CraftBond Dot Runner

Here is another card I made last year using the same Linen Closet stack and Four Legged Friends cartridge. I love the light blues and tans of this DCWV stack!

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My First Spiral Rose and Miniature Envelope – Thank You Card

So here I was on Memorial Weekend playing around in my craft room and getting stuck on how to embellish a card from Cricut’s “Just Because Cards”. The card design I chose to work with features a ladybug and a phrase called Cute As a Bug (key 25), but I wasn’t happy with the choice of papers I used for the card base so it took me in a completely different direction. Since I had chosen to use Colorbok’s Rosewood patterned paper, I just couldn’t envision a cutesy phrase and ladybug being incorporated. The paper has a vintage feel so I wanted to play up on the femininity of the paper. Side note – I got the Rosewood paper pad from Wal-mart for only $5.00.

My Leap Into Spiral Roses

I’ve noticed on Pinterest that spiral roses are becoming quite popular on cards, so of course I had to try my hand at it to see if I could even do it. I thought the general concept of cutting a spiral out of paper would be easy but I found myself looking for tutorials after I messed up a couple of sheets of paper! Thankfully, I found this lovely blog called Kay’s Kreative Korner that kept me from pulling my hair out. Thank you Kay for the lovely tutorial. I found your instructions to be more helpful than some other sites I visited. I used a pencil to get me started in rolling the pink spiral and then finished rolling it by hand. I followed Kay’s tip on inking the edges so I used brown ink and a sponge dauber. I think it helps add some shadows, allowing for the spiral layers to be more noticeable. I then adhered the finished flower together using Zip 2 Way Glue.

So now I had my finished spiral rose and I decided to add a large pearl in the center to help hide my flower’s lacking center! Then I realized that my card needed something else so I cut some leaves using my Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge in various sizes (1 inch, 1 & 1/4 inches, and 1 & 1/2 inches). This helped embellish the rose but I had a lot of white space on the front of the card and I knew I needed a sentiment and something else that would go with the vintage feel.

“Miniature” Inspiration

Inspired by thoughts of Scarlett at Blue Purple and Scarlett, I made a tiny envelope to slip a literal Thank You note inside! Scarlett’s blog features adorable miniature stationery sets complete with a miniature folder to hold the tiny envelopes and note paper! She created several designs and each has a unique feel to it based on the style. If you check out her site, you will be inspired!

To make my miniature envelope, I used my Wild Card cartridge and used the Scallop envelope (key 1) cut at 1 & 1/2 inches. I also cut the corresponding envelope liner at 1 & 1/2 inches. When the envelope is closed it measures 1 & 1/2 by 2 & 1/8 inches and when open it’s 2 & 3/4 by 2 & 1/8 inches. It’s so tiny and cute! I used a small piece of cream cardstock for the little note and used a “Thank You” rub-on for the sentiment. I then trimmed the note to fit the width of the envelope (just so it can be tucked all the way inside if desired). The note isn’t adhered, allowing for more fun at moving it around 🙂 ). I inked the edges with brown ink to age it a bit and stuck it into the envelope at an angle so the sentiment can be read. The envelope is raised up with foam dimensionals.

For the inside of the card, I adhered another mat layer of Colorbok’s Rosewood paper and trimmed some roses out of the remaining 12×12 sheet. I inked the edges of the rose image to add some dimension against the mat. I tied a pink bow around the middle of the card to complete it. I like the journal feel of the inside of the card. There’s plenty of room for someone to write a handwritten message, adding to the vintage design as well. Before computers and store-bought cards (I’m thinking Victorian and earlier eras), people corresponded with handwritten letters and would bundle them together with twine or ribbon for safe keeping. And instead of blogging, they wrote their thoughts into well-worn journals. I miss that tactile notion of putting pen to paper and this card makes me smile thinking about those romantic, older times.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Filigree Take 2 – Straight from the Nest

Hello again! I’m here with two more cards using the filigree image from the “Straight from the Nest” cartridge. For this round, I cut the filigree layer in brown cardstock and overlayed it on brightly colored mats (hot pink and lime green). I think I like this method better rather than cutting the filigree in the brightly colored paper. I also changed the direction of the 5×5 card’s opening, making it open vertically instead of horizontally. This card can be altered to any one’s desire using more mats, ribbon, buttons, or leaving it plain. For the pink card, I applied the 4.5 inch brown filigree image over a 4.5 inch pink mat but then decided to add another 4.75 inch mat to the back of this to give it a framed look. It also adds a nice weight to the overall card with the extra layer. The green card’s filigree matted layer is popped up with dimensionals to make it pop off from the card base. I added ribbon and then hand stitched a button to the center of the card (which was no easy task since the ribbon and cardstock proved tough to put a needle through) :).

The blue and brown card I previously posted cut decently except for one tiny tear in the filigree image; but, since I had two more to cut today, I decided to change my Cricut’s settings to: Blade 6, Speed 3 (medium), Pressure 5 (max). This worked beautifully as you can see in the picture below. All of the papers used are regular cardstock from Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby in 8/12 x 11 sheets. I believe the only real change was to the speed (from fast to medium) which allowed the intricate details to cut more cleaner with no tears at all. To apply adhesive to intricate cuts, I rely on my favorite Zig 2 Way Glue Pen (pic below).

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Filigree Thank You Card – Straight from the Nest

I ventured into my craft room tonight for the first time in a while and it felt good making cards again! This card features a filigree cut using the “Straight from the Nest” cartridge that I got for Christmas. I chose the filigree image on page 73 cut at 4 1/2 inches in turquoise cardstock. This is adhered to a brown square card base cut at 5 inches from “Walk in My Garden”. The inside mat is cut at 4 1/2 inches (SFTN page 73).

I embellished the card with flowers from Michael’s dollar bin and used two light blue brads which I highlighted with Liquid Pearls (baby blue and white opal) to make the brads pop a bit. I hand cut the tag in white cardstock and used a Thank You rub-on for the sentiment.

This was a quick and easy card to make. The only effort involved was making sure my paper adhered well to the mat and that my blade was sharp enough to cut out the intricate details of the filigree image. I cut this out once because even though there was one area that tore a bit, my Zig 2-Way glue pen glued everything down perfectly and you can hardly see the tear. I love the combination of brown with blue, but other nice color variations are brown with pink or light green.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

“Birds of a Feather” Flock Together – 2 Sizzix Embossed Cards for Comparison

Last night I made two A2 size cards (4.25 x 5.5 inches) featuring the Sizzix embossing folder called “Birds of a Feather”.  For the blue thank you card, I embossed the image on the actual card base and didn’t add anything else to the image.  The image is so pretty that it can pretty much stand on its own.  Embellishments from the ribbon, rub-on, and a corner rounder punch finish off the card.   For the pink “Thinking of You” card, I embossed the image on a beige linen mat.  I then “colored” in the image with a clear embossing pen by Ranger Inkssentials, making sure to work on small sections at a time.  I then applied chalk using cotton swabs while the clear ink was still damp.  The clear ink helps seal in the chalk, creating a water-color effect.  The chalks used are regular Crayola chalks that can be bought at a dollar store or grocery store.  I used red, green, and blue chalk on the image.  The red actually looks like a darker pink so it worked well with the ribbon and the pink card base.

The sentiments for both cards are “miniMARKS” rub-on transfers from American Crafts.  Both ribbons are also from American Crafts called “Dear Lizzy Value 24 Pack”.  The embossing machine I used is called Sizzix Texture Boutique which I got from Amazon for around $35.00.  It only embosses (no die-cutting) but I can always use my Cricut Expression to cut what I need.

This embossing folder is such a cute image, and just by changing the paper or ribbon, it gives it a different feel.  Also, by changing the direction of the card base cut using the paper trimmer, you can have the A2 size card open from top to bottom or from side to side.  Using pastel 8 1/2 x 11 card stock from Wal-mart, I was able to cut two A2 cards out of the blue paper (opens side to side) and two A2 cards out of the pink paper (opens top to bottom).  I will save the extra cards for other projects.

Tip: To get an A2 that opens from top to bottom, take your 8 1/2 x 11 paper and cut it length-wise at the 4.25 mark.  This will give you a 4.25 x 11 shape that when folded in half (top to bottom) results in a 4.25 x 5.5 sized card.  To get an A2 that opens from side to side, place your paper on the trimmer so its laying width-wise (11 x 8 1/2) and then cut it in half at the 5.5 mark.  This will give you a 5.5 x 8.5 shape that when folded in half (side to side) results in a 4.25 x 5.5 sized card.  Each 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper will make two perfect A2 sized cards with no paper waste (cards must open the same way: top to bottom or side to side to achieve this) and only requires one cut on the trimmer, followed up by one fold with a bone folder.  A2 sized cards are perfect for Cuttlebug, Sizzix, or other brand embossing folders that are sized A2 or smaller.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Linen Closet and a Turtle

Here is a cute, pun-filled card made from the Cricut Lite Four Legged Friends (FLF) cartridge!  This is my 3rd card made from FLF and I like the layering this cartridge provides because you can play with different colors and patterns.  For this thank you card, I used the turtle image which was cut at 2.5 inches.  The card base is 5×7.

All of the patterned card stock used on the turtle and background is from DCWV’s “Linen Closet Mat Stack with Glitter” which already comes in a 4.5 x 6.5 size which is perfect as a background mat for 5×7 cards.  I used the blue striped mat for the first background layer and then added a trimmed down flower mat to the lower half of the card.  I used white ribbon from American Crafts to hide the seam between the two mats.  The buttons are from a variety pack from Hobby Lobby’s sewing department.  I had fun with some sentiments too using my computer:  “Just popping out to say Thank You!” and “We had a turtle-ific time!”  For the front of the card, I used a ‘speech bubble’ shape from Word, added text, printed it on some scrap card stock, and then trimmed it with scissors.  For the inside, I used cloud clip art from Word, typed the sentiment in 14 pt. Century Gothic font, and printed it on 4.5 X 6.5 cream card stock.  I then added a strip of the flowery DCWV paper to coordinate with the front of the card.  The turtle itself pops off the card thanks to foam tape.  I really enjoyed using the “Linen Closet” paper stack for this card.  It has a peaceful, dreamy effect with its pale blue and beige palette.

Storybook Swirl Frame Card

I made another card last night to give to our Bed and Breakfast hostess to thank her for all of the arrangements she has made for our upcoming trip to St. Marys, GA.  She has been very gracious in obtaining ferry tickets to Cumberland Island and for arranging boxed lunches for the island trip.  And these are accommodations she has done for us before we have even gotten there to enjoy the Goodbread House Bed and Breakfast Inn!  I have been wanting to make the swirl accent/frame on the Storybook cartridge (Pg. 60) for a while and decided to make it last night in black card stock on top of a light blue 5 inch card base cut from Walk in My Garden (WIMG).  Using Design Studio, I cut out a black square picture frame by using two 5 inch WIMG square shapes and shrinking one to cut inside the 5 inch square when layered together.  Gluing the frame on last allowed me to tie a light blue satin ribbon to the front of the card.  I also cut the corresponding envelope from WIMG in white card stock and embellished it with the robin accent/frame and accent blackout image from Storybook (Pg. 31) which is raised up on foam tape.  There is a personal sentiment inside the card written to our hostess which is also raised on foam tape.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

Romantic Getaway Card

Here is the finished card I am giving to my husband to thank him for the romantic St. Mary’s trip he has planned for us!  This is a 5X7 scenery card focused on the bed and breakfast we will be staying in.  Our B&B room has light blue wallpaper and Victorian-era wide baseboard trim in white.   This card is truly a labor of love.  I had to scour through my cartridges to create new images by using Cricut’s Design Studio because my current cartridges don’t have any furniture or windows. I think it’s time to buy more cartridges :)!

I made the window by placing four 1 inch Walk in My Garden squares inside of a 2 1/2″ WIMG square (no welding so that Cricut would cut the 1″ squares out and leave a window result).  I then cut another 2 1/2″ square on white card stock so that I could create an ocean scene with some Crayola chalks.  I did the water first with blue, green, and yellow chalk and then created a sunset with orange, yellow, and purple chalk.  Next I lightly colored in a light blue sky with chalk and then used a pencil eraser to create clouds.  I used a black pen to draw in some birds flying over the water.  I used Dollar Tree glitter glue pens in blue, green, and yellow on the water, let it dry, and then followed up with Star Dust Stickles for waves.  I glued the window frame on top of the ocean scene last.

The table consists of taking the shape on Pg. 51 of Accent Essentials and rotating it 90 degrees to get the table’s ornate feet and then adding shrunken square shapes (on Pg. 58) for the table top and table stand.  It took some maneuvering and welding to get the resulting look.  The table cloth was an after thought because I thought the table looked too plain.  So I cut out a table cloth by hand and used a black pen to add folds and creases.  The mirror was another creative moment.  I needed something for the wall so I found a shape on the Storybook cartridge (Dandelion Accent/Frame on Pg. 43) that could pass for a decorative oval mirror which I cut in tan paper (trying to make it look like a gold frame).  I cut the shape again in white to get the white oval “mirror” which I added Star Dust Stickles to for a shimmery look to mimic a mirror’s reflection.  The coffee cups and coffee pot are courtesy of some scrapbook stickers I had in my stash.  I thought it was fitting for a Bed and Breakfast card.  I used a ruler and black pen to add slats to the “wooden” floor and then I colored in some knots in the wood.  I also used a ruler and black pen on a strip of white card stock to get the appearance of wide baseboard trim.  I cut a thinner strip of white card stock for crown molding at the top of the card.    The scallop envelope is cut in blackout from the Wild Card cartridge at 5 inches (Pg. 32).  I also cut the coordinating liner at 5 inches.  All of the patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye’s Simply Delightful paper stack.

For the inside of the card, I wrote a thank you note to my husband using Word and clip art and printed it on white card stock.  The message highlights details of our upcoming trip so that it can be a keepsake of our time at St. Marys.  I used foam tape to raise the sentiment from the base.  I can’t wait for our trip and I plan to give my hubby his card when we get there.  It should be a fun, romantic trip with beautiful scenery.  We plan on exploring the riverfront, watching boats come in, and exploring Cumberland Island.  We hope to glimpse wild horses and whitetail deer and I also read that dolphins follow the ferry as it travels to the island.  We will have to have our cameras ready!

Thanks for looking!

~Vanessa